The doctor and television personality exited the competiton this weekend; the sixth celebrity to do so.
The judges’ scores were combined with the viewers’ votes with the lowest-scoring two couples facing the dance off. This week, that was Dr Ranj and his professional partner Janette Manrara and Casualty star Charles Venn and his professional partner Karen Clifton.
Both couples performed their routines again before the judges decided their fate. Charles and Karen did their Viennese Waltz to Piano Man by Billy Joel while Dr Ranj and Janette repeated their Samba to Freedom 90 by George Michael.
Craig Revel Horwood said “two very different dancers, two very different sets of dance skill,” before he chose to save Ranj and Janette who he felt were the most improved.
Dame Darcey Bussell opted to save Charles and Karen, noting that “for me the more improved performance on the night was Charles and Karen.” Bruno Tonioli also chose to save Charles and Karen, opining that Charles is the more “polished dancer and performer”.
Finally, Head Judge Shirley Ballas chose to save Charles and Karen for their “great timing and sophistication”.
“I can’t express how much this has meant to me. I have made friends for life. I’ve done something that I only could have dreamed of. I just want to say to anyone who ever dreams of this you can, you really can, ’cause I’m here and I’ve done it.” – Dr Ranj Singh
Janette added “I just want to say he is an incredible human being for what he does as an actual job. He is there saving children’s lives and he is a special, special man. On this show you get to celebrate people that have never done something like this before and for me Ranj is the epitome about what Strictly Come Dancing is about.
Tonight’s results show featured a special performance by the Strictly pros who were joined by The Kingdom Choir in a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin; as well a musical performance from Jess Glynne.
The remaining ten couples will take to the dancefloor again next week when Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 10th November at 7pm.
The X Factor and Strictly battle for the ratings once again saw the BBC show leagues ahead of its ITV rival with the Simon Cowell lead show managing a first, but not one the show or broadcaster will be celebrating – its lowest ever overnight audience. Strictly pulled in 9.46 million with an audience share of 48.0 while The X Factor managed a meagre 3.80 million and a share of 21.7.
Across the ITV network sound issues interrupted part of the pre-recorded edition of the X Factor, produced earlier in the day so Robbie Williams could appear as a judge before flying off for a tour date. The audio problems made Danny Tetley and Anthony Russell sound like they were singing like Doctor Who villains the Daleks. ITV cancelled the public vote for Saturday night opting for a ten minute voting window on the Sunday show which all acts were seen singing again, in full, to be fair to every contestant.